writing;is;going;to;be;flowing;with;pow-erful;sentences,;right?;Wrong.;Most;stu-dents won’t transfer their brilliance in
sentence writing into stories and essays.
knowledge would be a mistake.
The teacher needs to build a bridge
from sentence writing to longer writing
you build that bridge.
Writing Tricks Plus;calls;this;the;Wri-
ting Trick Paragraph. List several wri-
ting tricks on the board, and have the
students write a paragraph, with each
sentence written in the style of the des-
Choose Any Trick.
to show the students. Here is one that
“There’s a snake in my bed!” (Atten-
tion Getter and Dialogue) screamed
on;her;sleeping;bag.;My heart pounding
tent like a bolt of lighting (Simile/Meta-
trembling arm (Adjectives) and pulled
and my two brothers (Lists);surrounded
“On the count of three, be ready to strike!”
(Dialogue) yelled my father like a general going to war (Simile/Metaphor).;On
“three” the sleeping bag came up, and
of transferring the intelligent sentence
writing to other writing assignments.
Writing instruction is a marathon, not
several times over the course of a year
in;previous;lessons,;in;time,;students;in-stinctively start looking for “tricks” within literature.
having the students make a list of intelli-
in literature. Have them give the sentence
a name, thus making it their new “trick.”
One day, a student of mine came to
me with a book and said, “Mr. Dye, this
would be a great writing trick.” The sen-
tence she pointed out read as follows:
“Embarrassed, Carl walked back to his
seat and buried himself in his chair.”
Jessica had been impressed by the
that the single word, embarrassed, ef-
mation for the reader. What a wonder-
making my students create lists of great
sentences, and every month I would
such as sentence building and make it
simple;by;calling;great;sentences;“Wri-ting;Tricks.”;Don’t;assume;that;the;stu-dents will automatically transfer these
sentences into their writing, but as students are given guidance and encouragement and experience success with
ideas. Patience is the key; allow their
you;follow;these;three;principles,;wri-ting instruction will be a much more
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have helped thousands of teachers make
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. . . Writing Tricks Plus
gives teachers sixteen
writing dialogue, similes,